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Center for Human Sexuality Studies


Widener University's Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) houses one of the only doctoral programs in human sexuality studies at a fully accredited university in the United States. Our graduates are pioneering sexologists who take on leadership roles worldwide as clinicians, educators, and sexuality researchers.

CHSS offers both master’s and doctoral degree programs to prepare future and current professionals to teach, consult, provide counseling and therapy, and conduct research in a variety of settings on complex issues related to human sexuality. 

Degree Programs

The master of education (MEd) at CHSS is the practitioner-level training for sexuality professionals. With four possible tracks of study (Sexuality Education, Sex Therapy, Public Policy, and Non-profit Management), the Center trains professionals in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to work with individuals and groups around the myriad sensitive issues in human sexuality.

The doctorate of philosophy (PhD) at CHSS develops leaders who actively participate in the scholarly discourse in human sexuality. The program begins with the practitioner-level of training for sexuality professionals and culminates with scholar-level training. PhD students are trained to take their practice into research, contributing to the literature in the field and using those contributions to inform practice.

Interdisciplinary Programs

The Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS) offers four interdisciplinary programs in collaboration with Widener’s Center for Social Work Education, Institute for Graduate Clinical PsychologyCenter for Education, and College of Arts & Sciences. These programs enable you to earn a licensable degree in social work, clinical psychology, a Pennsylvania certificate in school counseling, or a master in public administration (MPA).

Certificate and Advanced Training Programs

Within the Center for Human Sexuality Studies (CHSS), students may pursue a Sex Therapy Certificate, which empowers graduates to work as skilled sex therapists and counselors, or an Advanced Training Program in Transgender Mental Health, which equips students to turn new skills and training into exceptional care for transgender, gender non-binary, and gender expansive individuals.

Why Widener?


  • Weekend class format for working professionals and commuters from across the country
  • Occasional online course options
  • Full and part-time options with reasonable tuition costs

Exceptional Training

  • Supervised field experience during practicum placement 
  • Use of current educational philosophies and methodologies appropriate for adults with varied learning styles
  • Emphasis on affective learning and cutting-edge strategies in training sexologists
  • Use of a biopsychosocial model to promote a comprehensive understanding of the development and practice of human sexuality through the lifespan within specific social, cultural, and political contexts


Widener's Center for Human Sexuality Studies provides graduate courses in the evenings.